Children's Department

Jan Brett Contest

The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, friends or supporters who enter the contest will win a free school or library visit from Jan in the 2018-2019 school year.  Contest ends April 2, 2018.  2nd to 10th prizes of 10 Jan Brett books.   11th to 100th prize of a signed Jan Brett Poster. As of Sunday, February 11 there have been 49,591 entries. Our library is currently in the number one spot with 2,979 votes! (

You can vote by going to and entering our library. Our address is 206 S. Market. St. Marion, IL. 62959. 

Happy Halloween

The children at story hour had a great time wearing their costumes and trick or treating around the library. We read Halloween books, made a bat craft and walked around the library showing of our awesome costumes while collecting candy. 

Disney Party

The Children's Department celebrated the children's love for Disney. The children could come dressed up as their favorite Disney character. We had princesses, Moana, Robin Hood, Jasmine and many more. There was a fun Jungle Book and Mickey Mouse photo booth along with Disney themed snacks. The children did a Monsters, Inc. and a Moana craft. After the party, many of the children enjoyed the showing of Moana. The children and staff has an awesome time!

Serengeti Steve

Guinness Book World Record holder, Serengeti Steve, is one of our favorite summer time performers. He brings lots of reptiles and some arachnids. He is super entertaining and teaches the kids so much while having a ton of fun! 

Story Hour - Eclipse

o celebrate the Total Solar Eclipse, the children had an eclipse story hour. They read a story about the sun and one about the moon. They had a short lesson about what happens during the Solar Eclipse. The children loved the movable craft so they could make their own eclipse. Story hour is every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for younger children.